Opinion contributor Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at DickPolman.net. His work appears on Mondays on the Capital-Star's Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected]
America’s post-midterm forecast is sunnier than we dared to dream | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - November 14, 2022
As right-wing pundit Erick Erickson pointed out, Trump 'saddled the GOP with a lot of clunker candidates.'
Correcting the record on President George H.W. Bush | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - October 17, 2022
No, President Trump, the records aren't yours. They're ours. And can you at least let Poppy Bush rest in peace?
What will Ron DeSantis learn — if anything — from Hurricane Ian? | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - October 3, 2022
Florida is a red state condemned to consequences. And its flat-earth Republicans have long been determined to keep it that way.
With Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stash, every picture tells a story. This one writes itself | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - September 5, 2022
The Trump camp has only itself to blame for the release of that evidentiary photo.
For America’s best lawyers, Trump is radioactive | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - August 22, 2022
To tweak John Kerry’s famous Vietnam-era quote: How do you ask a lawyer to be the last to die for a mistake?
Don’t be too quick to say no to Uncle Joe | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - August 15, 2022
The president's been on a winning streak of late -- never mind what his poll numbers say.
Red-state Kansas sends a message to right-wing theocrats | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - August 8, 2022
When high court theocrat Samuel Alito wrote his screed abolishing the constitutional right to an abortion, he insisted – quoting the late rightwing justice Antonin Scalia – that the issue of abortion should be “resolved like most questions in our democracy, by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.”
Rupert Murdoch is scraping you-know-who off the sole of his shoe | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - August 1, 2022
But before any of us cheers Murdoch’s takedown of Trump, let’s all be careful what we wish for.
The GOP’s fringe candidates stoke Democrats’ midterm hopes | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - July 25, 2022
Do I detect a faint glimmer of good news?
Willful blindness is no defense when you summon a mob to wreak havoc | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - July 18, 2022
It’s gratifying that nearly six in 10 Americans now believe (finally!) that Trump should be criminally charged.
Ireland is more progressive than America about abortion | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - July 4, 2022
Compared to America, deeply Catholic Ireland in 2022 is a land of secular enlightenment.
Here’s what happens when honest private citizens are targeted by fascists | Dick Polman
By: Dick Polman - June 27, 2022
If the cesspool of lies engulfs us, there will be many more such stories. If fascism infests us on a human scale, it will be too late to resist.